Andhra Pradesh forest dept caught the fourth Cheetah: Big relief for Tirumala Footpath devotees
A constant vigil to protect against wild animals: Advice Devotees
to walk in groups on footpaths.
Tirupati: Finally, the efforts of the forest officials have paid off. For the past several days, the four leopards that have been targeting devotees going to Tirumala on footpath’s have been captured and given a big relief and received praise.
The Andhra Pradesh Forest Department is taking all kinds of measures to ensure that the devotees do not face any trouble on the Tirumala Footpath ways and at the same time protect the animals.
The forest department and TTD officials working together in coordination managed to capture four leopards roaming on the Tirumala footpath.
CCF Nageswara Rao said that the cheetahs roaming on Tirumala walkway, one cheetah was captured on 24th June, 14th, 17th August and another cheetah was captured on 28th August and moved to Tirupati Zoo Park.
A hundred forest personnel are constantly monitoring through 200 camera traps to ensure that the devotees of Alipiri trail are not harmed by any wild animals.
PCCF (HoFF) Mr. Y. Madhusudana Reddy disclosed that Chief Minister Shri Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Forest Minister Shri Peddhi Reddy Ramachandra Reddy have issued clear orders to give special attention to the matter of saving devotee’s lives and to protect animals as well.
Under the supervision of CCF Nageswara Rao, Tirupati DFO Satish Reddy and TTD DFO Srinivas are moving forward together with the coordination of staff.
Officials of the Forest Department have revealed that even if the four leopards wandering on the walkway have been captured, there will be a continuous vigil to protect the devotees from other wild animals.
Of the four cheetahs currently caught, one is said to have been released in the forest area while the other three cheetahs. CCF Nageswara Rao disclosed that it has been kept in Tirupati Zoo Park for now.
Similarly, CCF suggested that devotees should go in groups while walking on the Footpath.